a wide ban on the sale of beef rib roasts, T-bone steaks and certain other on-the-bone cuts has been recommended by a European Union (eu) scientific committee because of the risk of the "mad cow" disease being transmitted. The committee has said that every country that has reported cases of the mad cow disease should ban these meat products.
The uk government has also decided to ban beef on the bone because of evidence that indicated a slight risk that the disease could be transmitted to humans through bone or marrow. The ban is been another blow for the British farming industry which has been seriously hit by the global embargo on beef exports imposed by the commission last year after a massive outbreak of mad cow disease in the uk , where almost 200,000 cases were reported. Meanwhile, the commission has delayed putting into effect a ban on beef products used in cosmetics and drugs that could affect an annual us $4 billion in imports from the us .
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